Linear A Levels – what have we learnt and how can we improve?

Target Audience

For teachers of all linear A level courses across all phases of introduction. The course should appeal to both experienced A level teachers and those new to teaching at this level who are all facing similar challenges with this new style of qualification. While the focus will be on A level teaching, issues discussed will be of relevance to those delivering other KS5 courses.


Delegates will increase their knowledge and understanding of the demands of linear A levels and importantly examine strategies designed to meet these unique challenges currently being used by experienced teachers. With an emphasis on shared discussion and practical classroom application, this course is an opportunity to pose questions, trial ideas and reach conclusions that will make a positive impact on student progress.


The following will be explored during the course:

  • What have we learnt from the first phase of linear A Levels?
  • How can we help students retain increased amounts of content?
  • What techniques can we use to help them recall knowledge and understanding?
  • Rehearsal techniques – how do colleagues test this retention and recall?
  • Embedding these techniques – formative assessment and Medium Term Planning

Who are the Trainers?

The course is delivered by Stuart Newton, AHT and Director of Sixth Form, and Kim Ardley, Head of Science, both at Anglo European School. The Sixth Form was rated Outstanding under the new Ofsted criteria in March 2017, and has offered linear courses at KS5 in the form of the IB Diploma for over forty years. Both Stuart and Kim are experienced teachers of both qualifications and have designed the course with an emphasis on practical solutions, which they have gleaned from colleagues across the school, some of which will also present their ideas.

How will my School benefit?

Delegates will have the opportunity to explore a variety of aspects of linear A Level teaching, hear from experienced colleagues about their experiences of teaching them and importantly share ideas on solutions to the key challenges of successfully delivering these qualifications. Delegates should leave with improved confidence, practical solutions and a framework for planning the effective teaching of linear A Levels in the future.

How will my students benefit?

Students will in turn benefit from the focus of the course as they will be given techniques to improve their ability to retain and recall increased content, whilst developing their skills to cope with new forms of assessment. They should also benefit from a consistent approach to meeting these challenges across subject areas.

Course start date 18 June 2019
Course duration 1.5 hours
Course end date 18 June 2019
Course time 4:15 pm-5:45 pm
Venue Anglo European School, Willow Green, Ingatestone, CM4 0DJ
Cost £50 (Billericay TSA members £45)
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